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Marian Seminar

On 5 th of November 2017, there was a seminar on “Mary: A Theological Perspective,” which was arranged by Rev Fr. Peter Mascarenhas who is the director of Marian Centre in Maria Bhavan. For this seminar there were many priests, sisters, brothers from various congregations and institutions and also there were few Montfortian lay associates who took an effective part in it. The total number of the participants were for about ninety.

The topic on “Mary a Theological Perspective” it’s an interesting, fascinating and an apt topic in today’s context. Mary occupies a pre- eminent place in Christian tradition as a whole and especially in Roman Catholic and orthodox tradition. The veneration of Mary began in the early centuries of Christianity on various grounds. Mary had remained a religious symbol of enduring power in Christian imagination. She is a crucial character in the life of Jesus who plays multiple roles as disciple, mother, prophet, apostle, servant and intercessor etc. Volumes have been written about Mary down the centuries. Art forms of various types have developed around her person, innumerable churches and institutions have been constructed and dedicated where volumes of theological, historical and literary works, hymns and sermons have been written about her.

Fr. Peter who was the resource person of the seminar began his topic with the quotation from a famous theologian by name Karl Rahner a Jesuit priest who said “Christianity only a religion that needs a mother.” And then in his power point presentation he had highlighted the following points in two sessions they are, The importance of Mary, Apparitions, Call of Mary, Mary’s Fiat, Three qualities of discipleship, From implicit to explicit Mariology, Mary and the church in Vat II, Mary Mother of the church, and Mary and the church in post Concilior Megisterium etc. Moreover in his presentation there was an interaction with the participants. He also shared some of his personal experiences, gave examples from various resources pertaining to the topic and also he spoke about empowerment of women.

The programme began with the Holy Eucharist by Fr J. Joseph who was also the moderator of the two sessions then followed by tea and then welcome speech by me then two sessions and fifteen minutes of questions and clarifications. The participants who attended the seminar were immensely happy and they told me personally that they had benefitted a lot from this seminar. I thank Fr. Peter whole heartedly for his effort and hard work that he put in it for the success of this seminar and also I thank Fr Joseph and our Maria Bhavan brothers for their enormous cooperation and generosity. May God bless us all.

Fr. Selva Kumar SMM